Happy Tuesday My Lovelies!

So I have a fascination, or possibly smallish obsession with vintage patterns, and I’ve started to collect them. Last year, I acquired the super adorable Simplicity 7197 and as soon as I got it, I created the maxi pinafore for Abigail (the red one).


I actually made this in December and had every intention of blogging about it then, but things  got so hectic with preparing for our Belize trip, that it totally slipped through the cracks. As I was cleaning her closet last week, I came across it and realized I should probably post it before I forget AGAIN. I went through the pictures I took in December, and it made me laugh because she reminded me of Goldilocks with her curly hair…and then I had a DIFFERENT idea for a new set of pictures! My Inlaws have a cozy little backyard filled with fruit tress and an antique caste iron Bistro table set I thought would make a perfect tea time scene with Abigail and her three bear friends. You know, like Goldilocks and the three bears, only she’s having pretend tea with them instead of eating all their porridge and breaking their stuff! lol








Baby bear is her favorite….=)


After tea, she wanted to pick some of Granpa’s oranges…lol


Seriously, this was the best picture I could have gotten of her forward facing, she was all over the place the whole time she wasn’t sitting! lol



Pattern DescriptionSimplicity 7197 – Maxi Pinafore

Pattern Sizing: I cut a size 2 and used a 5/8 seam allowance.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? YES.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes. I was able to finish within a few hours.

What did you particularly like about the pattern?  I love the fact that the pinafore can be used all year. It can be layered in winter (like in my review) or it can be worn by itself when the weather is warm. I also love the vintage style.

What did you dislike about the pattern? Nothing.

Fabric Used: Quilting Cotton. Michael Miller Fleur to be exact, you can find it HERE. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I made a few:

  • I lined the bodice with a contrasting fabric and
  • used snaps instead of buttons in the back.


  • I also added side pockets also using the same contrasting fabric and


  • added some lace trim in the inserts of the sleeves.


I really do love this style, I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them in future blog posts! That’s it for today guys, I’ll talk to you soon!



p.s. Check out my handsome Set Designer, lol he was making sure everyone had their cake and tea set up properly…lol


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